The Anaheim Ducks really needed this, and so did the two faces of their franchise.
The Ducks captain scored just his second goal of 2016-17 and helped his team snap a three-game losing streak. So, yeah, this was a pretty big deal.
Perry didn’t score a goal, but he did generate two assists of his own, so the Ducks’ dynamic duo really came through during a crucial time. If you want a sense of how much this meant to Anaheim, consider the efforts of Perry and Getzlaf, but also how much the team put on the line:
Losing to the Ducks is bad enough for San Jose, but in an uncomfortable theme of the night, the losing team also has to worry about a notable health issue. We may not know more about Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s status until Sunday (or maybe later), but it really adds an injury to the insult of losing to their California rivals.